Since February 2002 I have been a Forensic Biologist and have worked in this area and role since that time first with the Forensic Science Service as a Reporting Officer and then with Cellmark Forensic Services (to date).
During my time as a Forensic Scientist I have worked on hundreds of criminal cases, including offences such as sexual offences, serious assaults, murder, burglary, fraud and hit and run. Throughout my time as a Forensic Scientist I have examined evidence, both within a laboratory environment and at scenes of crimes. I have been classified as an expert witness and my areas of expertise include body fluid evidence, damage assessment and DNA profiling. I have given evidence in both Crown and Magistrates courts (my first court appearance being at the Old Bailey!).
I have worked alongside the Police, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), Defence Scientists, CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) and a wide range of specialists and world leaders in the field of Forensic Science.
I am currently also involved in training and awareness sessions for three local police forces.
During my time at the University of Worcester I have used my extensive case work experience to develop a course which gives students a true insight into the world of Forensic Science. Furthermore, the course is enhanced by the use of real case examples and my passion for enabling students to carry out as much practical work as possible to enhance the theory delivered on the course and maximize their employability opportunities.